DISMAY FOR DETA AS DURRANT MARCHES ON
Day Two of the 2017 Winmau World Masters started with the Finals of the Boy’s and Girls Youth Competitions. The Girls Champion was Yorkshire’s Beau Greaves who showed her potential with a 4-0 triumph over Katie Sheldon. Nico Blum was crowned the Boy’s Champion after winning a tight match 4-3 against Keane Barry. Congratulations to both our young champions.
The Ladies Quarter Finals followed the Youth Finals and immediately the shocks from yesterday continued when Number One seed Deta Hedman was beaten 4-3 by Sarah Roberts. The unseeded Roberts who knocked out Fallon Sherrock held her nerve to record the biggest win of her career. Next on the oche was BDO British Open Champion Corrine Hammond and the Australian was up against Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki and another upset looked on the cards. Suzuki was by far the better player throughout and the consistency on her scoring and 140 hitting was at time frightening, however, experience on that big stage in front of the TV cameras counts for so much and the inexperienced Suzuki missed dart after dart to win the contest and somehow Hammond progressed to a semi final meeting with Sarah Roberts as she fell over the winning line 4-3.
The young lady from Japan left the arena in tears but would have learned so much from this defeat, she really is going to be a major force in the coming years in Ladies darts. The third Quarter Final between old friends Lorraine Winstanley and Anastasia Dobromyslova was the match of the round, both ladies scored well and were hitting their double and it was no surprise to hear the referee call out the 7th and final leg and it was Winstanley who made it through, just, to the semi finals. Lorraine’s opponent in the last 4 will be Tricia Wright who knocked out the defending Champion Trina Gulliver 4-2 in a match that never really got going.
The first of the Men’s last 16 encounters was a cracker, number one seed Mark McGeeney against Northern Ireland’s Neil Duff. It looked like we were going to witness a huge shock here but McGeeney showed why he’s the number one seed and one a great game 3-2. The next three matches resulted in whitewash wins for former Champion Martin Philips, James Hurrell and Gabriel Clemens over Toon Greebe, Ross Montgomery and Chris Landman respectively. Next up was Tony O’Shes against Jim Williams, this had all the makings of being a fascinating contest and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Inevitably we went to a final set and eventually a final leg and with Tony missing numerous darts for the win it was Williams for managed to get the win and stay in this years Masters.
Scotland’s Cameron Menzies won a high scoring contest 3-1 against the impressive Mark McGrath with both players averaging over 96. Cameron certainly has his sights set on lifting this prestigious title and in the form he’s showing you wouldn’t bet against it.
Poland’s Krzysztof Rataski was in fine form also and proved too strong for Alan Soutar and ran out a comfortable 3-0 winner. Final match of the day in the Men’s Last 16 involved the defending champion Glen Durrant. ‘Duzza’ who’s looking for a hat trick of Masters titles was in determined mood not to give up his crown and although his opponent Yoeri Duijster played well it was going to take something special to stop Glen and the Champion went through with a 3-0 scoreline, the dream of three lives on for Durrant.
Day Three will see the tournament played to a finish and the Champions crowned and events will kick off on Eurosport with the Ladies Semi Finals and the Men’s Quarter Finals.
Winmau World Masters Day 3
Ladies Semi Finals
Sarah Roberts v Corrine Hammond
Lorraine Winstanley v Tricia Wright
Men’s Quarter Finals
Mark McGeeney v Martin Philips
James Hurrell v Gabriel Clemens
Jim Williams v Cameron Menzies
Krzysztof Rataski v Glen Durrant